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[Ir. Ciarraighe Ciarraí].

South-westernmost county of Ireland, western Munster, occupying, 1,815 square miles deeply indented by Dingle, Kenmare, and other bays. Kerry has rich associations in Irish mythology and folklore, is the reputed home of Ana (or Danu), for whom the Tuatha Dé Danann are named, and is also the realm of the Cailleach Bhéirre. The county takes its name from Ciar, a love-child of Queen Medb and Fergus mac Róich; his descendants settled west of the Abbeyfeale River. Kerry is a common invasion route in the Lebor Gabála [Book of Invasions], and it is here that the Milesians meet the three goddesses Ériu, Fódla, and Banba, who give their names to Ireland. Part of Kerry is coextensive with Corcu Duibne of early Christian centuries.

See T. Crofton Croker and Sigerson Clifford, Legends of Kerry (Tralee, 1972);T. J. Barrington, Discovering Kerry (Dublin, 1976).

Subjects: Religion.


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